Dea Birkett is an award-winning writer and journalist, author of seven books including Serpent in Paradise and Off the Beaten Track. Three Centuries of Women Travellers (with the National Portrait Gallery). She is a contributor to the Guardian, Mail on Sunday and a wide range of national publications, as well as a regular commentator for the BBC. www.deabirkett.com
Dea is also Director of Kids in Museums, the visitor-led organisation working with museums, galleries, historic houses and heritage sites to make them more welcoming of children and families – in particular those who have never visited before. Dea is passionate about advocating the importance of museums in providing experiences, opportunities and ambitions to young people. The annual Kids in Museums Manifesto is the foremost family friendly audit document in the museum and arts sector. The Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award, which Kids in Museums founded and runs, is the biggest museum award in Britain and the only one judged by families. www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk
She is Creative Director of Many Rivers Films www.manyriversfilms.co.uk, an Emmy-nominated film company, making challenging dramas and documentaries. In 2011, she was on the Independent’s One Hundred Happy List.
Rebecca Mileham is a museum interpretation consultant and writer specialising in science, technology, heritage and culture. Her latest book is Cracking the Elements, revealing tales of intrigue behind the 118 elements in the periodic table.
Her career began at the Science Museum in London, where she developed exhibitions for ten years, and since then she has built a freelance portfolio, creating interpretation for galleries and displays around the world and offering consultancy and training. Her text has appeared in museums and exhibitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, Malta, Kuwait, Egypt, Brazil, the USA, and across the UK where she works with national organisations including the Science Museum Group, National Trust and English Heritage.